Be a Certified Maintenance Supervisor: Certification and Career Info

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Certified Maintenance Supervisor

Certified maintenance supervisors oversee and coordinate the maintenance of buildings, vehicles, equipment and mechanical systems. Maintenance supervisors ensure that safety regulations and construction codes are met. Other duties may include hiring and training staff, ordering supplies, creating work schedules and processing service requests.

Maintenance supervisors work full-time schedules that may exceed 40 hours per week, depending on the workload. Supervisors may work evenings and/or weekends and are often responsible for stepping in and helping their staff get things done if they are short-handed. Like many types of maintenance workers, supervisors who work on repairs are at risk for injuries, which may include cuts, bruises, burns and falls. Supervisors also work in office settings in order to complete the administrative duties of the job.

Career Requirements

Getting into this career requires a high school diploma or GED. Postsecondary education is preferred by some employers. The degree field varies, but mechanical or technical fields are preferred. Licensure may be needed for certain job duties. HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) certification is required by some employers. Voluntary manager certification is also available. Experience requirements range from 1-5 years of previous industry-related work experience. Key skills for maintenance supervisors include attention to detail, leadership, organization, communication and problem-solving skills; familiarity with business management, database, spreadsheet and project management software; experience with 2-way radios and the tools needed to repair equipment; physical stamina and strength; and the ability to work weekends and evenings and be on-call. In 2015, maintenance supervisors earned a median annual wage of $43,980, stated the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now let's check out the specific steps it takes to become a certified maintenance worker.

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Steps to Getting Into This Career

Step 1: Gain Experience as a Maintenance Worker

Maintenance workers perform repair and routine maintenance jobs for buildings, machines and mechanical systems. New maintenance workers typically gain their experience by observing more skilled maintenance workers. New hires may start by executing smaller tasks, such as light-bulb replacement and faucet repair. As they gain more experience, they may perform tasks such as machine repair before moving on to projects involving carpentry and basic electricity.

Step 2: Consider Postsecondary Training

Employers indicate that a high school diploma is the minimum education needed to become a maintenance supervisor. However, some employers seek candidates with formal training, such as a certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree, or a combination of training and experience. Majors such as maintenance management, industrial maintenance or building maintenance can provide the training needed for this career. Many schools also offer 1-year HVAC technology programs that provide students with instruction in areas such as computer applications, installation techniques and building materials.

You may want to research licensure requirements. Maintenance workers might need to be licensed if conducting plumbing or electrical work. Individuals should verify this necessity with their employer.

Step 3: Obtain Certification

Some employers require supervisors to have HVAC certification. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also requires certification for individuals who handle controlled refrigerants. Three different types of EPA certification are available. Candidates must pass exams that cover content such as ozone depletion, dehydration evacuation and safety.

Maintenance workers can gain voluntary certification as well. The International Maintenance Institute (IMI) offers the Certified Maintenance Professional and the Certified Maintenance Manager credentials. Candidates for these certifications must have a minimum of a high school diploma, maintenance experience and supervisory experience. Continuing education courses are required for IMI re-certification.

With a high school diploma, 1-5 years of work experience, and certification, certified maintenance supervisors can make about $44,000 a year to oversee and coordinate the maintenance of buildings, vehicles, equipment, and mechanical systems.

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